Monthly Archives: April 2015

After passing the Life in the UK test

‘Progress is not an illusion. It happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.’ — George Orwell The testing room was overheated. I walked out of the testing centre with sweaty palms, my winter coat slung over my arm. Soon enough … Continue reading

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The Likely Future Demise of ‘Gotcha Day’

I’m a linguist, but I work with sounds, not words. And I mostly work on describing patterns of pronunciation that already exist, rather than making too many predictions about the future. When I do make predictions, they’re on the order … Continue reading

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